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Season 2 of Seth MacFarlane's 'The Orville' set to premiere on Sunday, December 30

'The Orville' season 2 will premiere on Sunday, December 30, but will later go back to its regular Thursday night schedule.
UPDATED JAN 16, 2020
The caste of The Orville (Source:Getty Images)
The caste of The Orville (Source:Getty Images)

'The Orville', comedian Seth MacFarlane's homage to sci-fi television series 'Star Trek,' was received well upon initial release in 2017, with a mooted second season eagerly anticipated by fans of the show. The wait will not be too long either, with Trekmovie reporting that the first episode of the upcoming season will premiere on Sunday, December 30.

This will mark a change from its first season when it premiered in the Fall, with this mid-season release set to take place following an NFL double-header at the end of the year.

The decision to do so came down to parent network Fox's decision to acquire 'Thursday Night Football,' which meant that they needed to make room during the season.

But like its predecessor, season 2 of 'The Orville' will continue to air on Thursdays and will move to its regular slot in 2019 after its Sunday premiere. 'Gotham' is yet another show that has been pushed back to midseason because of Fox's football commitments. 

Production for this latest season reportedly began in March and have continued at a steady pace since then. While season 1 had 12 episodes in total, season 2 will have 13-14, including an episode that was originally held over from season one. 

According to producer/director Jon Cassar, the show has currently wrapped up production on its sixth episode.

However, Trekmovie states that production is currently on a brief hiatus because of MacFarlane and the rest of the cast's presence in New York for Fox's Upfront presentation this past Monday. 

Last week, Cassar had also taken to his Instagram page to provide a bit of a teaser for what fans can expect from this upcoming season. He shared an image from the set with a new alien along with a couple of Moclans and wrote, "Just another day on 'The Orville'."